The Kawit shooting was a mass murder that occurred in barangay Tabon 1 in Kawit, Philippines, on January 4, 2013. 41-year-old Ronald Baquiran Bae killed at least seven people and a dog and wounded twelve other people with a semiautomatic pistol, before he was shot and killed by police. Another man, 27-year-old John Paul Lopez, who was said to have been employed by Bae as his house caretaker, was later arrested for assisting the gunman during the shooting by reloading his pistol magazine. The motive of the suspect is unclear, officials said.[1][2][3][4]

Kawit shooting
Kawit is located in Philippines
Kawit (Philippines)
LocationTabon 1, Kawit, Cavite, Philippines
DateJanuary 4, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Attack type
Mass murder
WeaponsColt 1911 semiautomatic pistol
Deaths8 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorRonald Baquiran Bae

The shooting edit

The shooting began just after 9:00 a.m., when Bae, together with Lopez, went to a neighbor's house and shot at Maricel Pajal who was doing her laundry.[5] The two then proceeded to the residence of the Caimol family where he encountered the three Caimol children, among them his godchild Ken Cedric Caimol.[6] He asked the children for the whereabouts of their father, Berto, to which they replied that he was not there. Bae then drew a .45-caliber Colt 1911 and shot the children, killing 7-year-old Michaella, and seriously wounding her 3-year-old brother and 2-year-old sister.[5]

Bae and Lopez then left and, while running through the street, Bae fired at anyone in his path, while Lopez would reload his pistol when he ran out of ammunition. During this moment, he killed a dog and its owner, 55-year-old Alberto Fernandez, who was standing at the porch of his house. He then proceeded to a nearby alley and went inside houses shooting at every person he encountered including a pregnant woman named Rhea de Vera, who was shot in the stomach, and her 3-year-old daughter John Monica. He exited the alley and proceeded to the main road of the village still firing at anyone he encountered. He arrived at a small market (talipapa) where he killed tricycle driver Boyet Toledo, fruit vendor Irene Funelas, and taho vendor Al Orio.[5]

Afterwards Bae returned to his home, where soon police arrived and asked him to surrender, though the gunman started shooting at police, until he was eventually killed when officers returned fire. Overall the shooting had lasted for about 30 minutes. Lopez on the other hand disappeared after the shooting, and a reward of 100,000 was offered for information that would lead to his arrest, though he eventually surrendered himself to police and was taken into custody.[7]

Victims edit

  • Michaella Andrea Caimol, 7
  • Rhea de Vera y Alberto, 34, pregnant
  • John Monica de Vera, 3, daughter of Rhea de Vera
  • Alberto Fernandez y Jaminal, 55
  • Irene Funelas, 40
  • Al Orio, 20
  • Boyet Toledo, 44

Another person named Adoracion Cabrera was also reported killed by the Cavite provincial government.[8]

Among those wounded were: Baby Anolacion, 33, Emelinda Aquipel y De Vella, 41, Enrique Aquipel, Cheveri Jaminal Ayson, Jemerlen Ayson, 46, Dovie Cabrera y Magsino, 66, Ken Cedric Caimol, 3, Michelle Caimol, 2, Ricky Diola Dumip-ig, 17, Antonio Orio, 15, Maricel Pajal, 27, Raul Ravelo, 73 and Kevin Magarago Vallada, 6.[6][9][10]

Perpetrator edit

Bae was born on November 9, 1971.[11] It is believed that he murdered Teodulo Villanueva in 2003. Very little is known about his early life.

Aftermath edit

After Lopez had hinted to investigators that Bae had already killed other people in previous years and buried their bodies around his house, police searched the area and unearthed the skeletal remains of a human being. According to Lopez they belonged to Teodulo Villanueva, a former helper of Bae, whom he murdered in 2003 for duping him in connection with his fighting cocks.[12]

References edit

  1. ^ The Associated Press (January 4, 2013). "Nine dead after drunk man's shooting rampage in Philippines". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 3 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ "7 dead,11 wounded in Cavite shooting rampage; gunman killed". GMA News. January 4, 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Man who reloaded Filipino shooter's gun charged". CBS News. CBS Interactive Inc. January 5, 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ Domingo, Katrina (January 4, 2013). "Kawit gunman's wife speaks as reloader surrenders". Solar News. Solar News Channel. Archived from the original on 6 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "7 patay, 11 sugatan sa pamamaril ng lalaking nag-amok sa Kawit, Cavite". Saksi (in Filipino). GMA Network. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  6. ^ a b Amoroso, Ed (January 5, 2013). "Kawit rampage: Gunman kills 7, wounds 8". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  7. ^ ‘My ninong shot me’, Philippine Daily Inquirer (January 5, 2013)
  8. ^ Cinco, Maricar (January 5, 2013). "Cops eye murder raps vs gunman's cohort". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  9. ^ T. Ramos, Benito (4 January 2013). "Progress report re shooting (amok) incident" (PDF). NDRRMC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Police urged to probe late response on Cavite shooting". Sun.Star. NewsPress. January 6, 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  11. ^ Kawit gunman: Good neighbor with mysterious past, Solar News (January 7, 2013)
  12. ^ Orosa, Rosalinda L. (January 16, 2013). "Skeletal remains found in Kawit killer's backyard". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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